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A Taylorsville woman indicted in January on charges for allegedly stealing more than $12,000 from a local senior citizen’s checking account has now been indicted on separate charges for illegally obtaining or attempting to obtain controlled substances from doctor’s offices and pharmacies around the area.
Jacqualine A. Ballinger, 43, of the 1600 block of Cecil Noel Road, was indicted by a Spencer County Grand Jury Feb. 21 on eight counts of attempting to obtain or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/false statement/forgery, a class D felony. According to documents in Ballinger’s court file, her address also has been listed in the 300 block of Washington Street.
According to Ballinger’s arrest warrant, “The above named defendant unlawfully (and) knowingly misrepresented herself to a physician by withholding information to obtain prescriptions for hydrocodone.”
Taylorsville Police officer Kenneth Bledsoe investigated the case and said the charge basically means Ballinger allegedly lied to doctors, telling them she had not received a prescription from any other physicians for specific medications when, in fact, she had. The warrant continued, “Affiant states that defendant did not inform the various doctors that she had obtained a previous prescription.”
Bledsoe said police pursued the case after receiving a tip that Ballinger might be “prescription shopping” for controlled substances, such as hydrocodone — a well-known and addictive opioid often abused because of its euphoric and sedative effects.
Law enforcement checked the Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, known as KASPER, and found that Ballinger had multiple prescriptions for hydrocodone, one prescription for tramadol and another prescription for oxycodone filled between October 2010 and July 2012. Some of the prescriptions noted on the arrest warrant were not obtained in Taylorsville, meaning Ballinger could face additional charges outside of Spencer County.
On Dec. 20, Ballinger was indicted by a Spencer County Grand Jury on 23 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. According to the indictment, Ballinger forged 23 separate checks totaling $12,452 between Aug. 16 and Oct. 21, 2012, on the account of 93-year-old Arnettia Lawrence, who, according to police, was Ballinger’s landlord.
“(Ballinger) was kind of like a caretaker,” TPD officer Daniel Wills said. “She cooked her meals. She also rented a house that is next door to Mrs. Lawrence.”